Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" is a version of the Android mobile operating system.

Android Marshmallow was initially announced at Google I/O on May 28, when it was released as the Android M developer preview.

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Several updates to the preview came out before Marshmallow was officially named on August 17. Google finally unveiled Android 6.0 Marshmallow, alongside the 2015 Nexus devices, on September 29, 2015.

The biggest features coming in this version are small things people will appreciate every day, like individual app permissions, native support for fingerprint sensors, and granular context features for Google Now.

We're also going to see developers do more with Chrome, better app-to-app communication, and new power management features.

Optimized App-Drawer and new rights management.

Google has added a search bar to the App-Drawer, with which you can open a specific application in Marshmallow.
Also, the App-Drawer shows the four most recently opened apps at the top.

Google has omitted a margin column with initial letters in Marshmallow. Instead, you can use the scroll bar on the screen's right side to navigate by the first letter.
Already since Android 4 in preparation, then moved into Marshmallow, the rights management of apps. Like iOS, you can now withdraw or grant certain rights to each application:
To do so, tap on "Settings -> Apps" under Android 6 and then on the gear symbol. With another tap on "App Permissions," you can see which apps can access services and databases like GPS, phone, and contacts.

Fingerprint scanner for Android

Meanwhile, more and more high-end and also some middle-class smartphones offer a fingerprint scanner.
However, there were not many functions for this because, officially, Android did not support a scanner.
However, it should be possible to implement very system-oriented features with Android 6 Marshmallow in the future.

Android 6 - Project Doze for improved battery life

Android Marshmallow should continue what Lollipop started with the energy-saving mode: Battery life extension.
In contrast to an actively controllable power-saving feature, Project Doze should automatically detect when the user is using the smartphone and when it is consuming power unnecessarily.
For example, cell phones with Android 6 will switch to a low-power mode at night by automatically restricting certain services.

According to Google, Project Doze primarily extends standby time.

Android 6 Marshmallow with USB type C support

USB Type C quickly became the standard With Marshmallow: Smartphones with the new USB port can be charged faster with Android 6 and in an emergency, it can even serve as a charger for other phones.

Android 6 - microSD card becomes internal memory for a smartphone

An exciting feature is the use of the external memory card as internal memory.
Especially devices with a relatively small memory of 16 GByte and less benefit from this.
You can move some apps and app data to the microSD card but by far, not all.
The consequence is that a small memory quickly reaches its limits when used intensively - and you have to delete apps first to install new ones. With Android 6 Marshmallow, this memory shortage is a thing of the past.

Android 6 - Automatic backup of app data and fast, accessible file manager

Backups are secured in cloud storage.
Each app can create a data backup of up to 25 MByte in the cloud under Android Marshmallow.
You can ideally continue working immediately when switching smartphones without having to set up all apps again.

The backup should be performed automatically every 24 hours and not count towards the Google Drive quota.

Fast access to the internal file manager under Android 6 Marshmallow.

To open the personal storage, navigate to "Storage & USB" and tap "Explore."
However, the manager offers only the most necessary options, like "Copy," "Delete," and "Share."

Now on tap: The new way to search with your smartphone

"Now on tap" is a new Android 6 feature. "Now on Tap" links "Google Now" even more deeply with the Android system. It is designed to help the user, depending on the situation.
For example, if you talk to a friend via Messenger and mention a restaurant, you can have the restaurant displayed, including directions and dates.

Google should also automatically recognize what a question refers to. For example, if you want to find out an artist's real name, all you have to do is ask, "What's his name" while playing a song by him.

To call up such Now data, simply press and hold the Home button for about two seconds while you are in the corresponding app.

Find system brakes faster with Android 6

Android Marshmallow displays the RAM usage of individual apps more clearly than its predecessors.
Call "Settings -> Memory," and you can see the total consumption.
Tap on "Memory used by apps" to get to the detailed view. Here you can quickly discover memory hoggers that slow down the system and can react.

Android 6 - Delete function, text highlighting & volume, and more

Among the much smaller Android, 6 Marshmallow innovations is a delete function for screenshots in the notification bar.
Also, the marking function of texts was revised.
Android 6 Marshmallow also offers faster adjustment of music, alarm clock, and notification volume.

Android Marshmallow 6.0 October 5, 2015

Android Marshmallow 6.0 October 5, 2015

  • New authorization system
  • Ability to restrict app permissions
  • Doze standby mode to save power
  • Native support for fingerprint scanners
  • Google Now on Tap
  • Support for USB Type-C
  • Android Pay
  • MicroSD cards can be formatted as internal memory, and thus, for example, apps can be installed directly on them.
  • Other improvements and bug fixes
  • Last security patch release: August 2018
Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 November 22, 2015

Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 November 22, 2015

  • Extended "Do not disturb" mode
  • Emoji from Unicode 7 and 8
  • Quick start of the camera app by pressing the on/off switch twice
  • A new arrangement of the navigation buttons for pixel C
  • Security updates and bug fixes
  • Last security patch release: August 2018
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